Sunday, January 15, 2012

Yesterday, at the Farmer's Market

Found hoophouse spinach and winter carrots; Michigan Winesap apples and Bosc pears; spicy pickled carrots and fresh sauerkraut with caraway from The Brinery; frozen summer peaches and creamed corn, thanks to Locavorious; one whole chicken; lots of rosy red-skin potatos. Unexpected variety for mid-January in Michigan, but good to see...

The $64,000 question, though is this: what should we do with it all?

Around here, much of it went toward an excellent chicken dinner later that night: M. roasted the chicken on a bed of heavily buttered and thickly quartered potatos; he roasted the carrots, too, in a separate pan, because we've learned from hard experience that potatos and carrots don't always achieve roasted perfection in exactly the same cooking time. Seasoned simply with plenty of salt and pepper, it made for an easy, uncomplicated entree, one that perfectly fit that combination of comfort and austerity that January demands.

Taking inspiration from this post over at The 5-Second Rule, I chopped the spinach along with a little red onion, half of one of the tart Winesap apples, a handful of the peppered pecans I made over Christmas (and stored in the freezer), and a scattering of raisins. Dressed it all with a combination of equal parts cider vinegar and olive oil, a little salt & pepper. Even Mr. "What's That Green Stuff?" ate it with enthusiasm, and it was gone before I could get a picture.

Tonight, it's leftovers for dinner, possibly with the creamed corn and sauerkraut as accompaniments, just to refresh the experience. Maybe peaches poached in red wine with orange and anise, if time and energy permit, a little something to serve with vanilla ice cream.

Later in the week, maybe pork chops with sauerkraut & grated carrots and apples, polenta on the side; another light meal could be made from sauteed greens with eggs and potatos. That's what I'm thinking right now. But already I'm wondering: maybe I should serve spaetzle noodles with the leftovers tonight and save the creamed corn for a midweek chowder, on a night when I'm getting home late from class.

And something spicier would be nice to add to the mix, as well. Should I improvise, try something like pork and sauerkraut tacos? Or do you have other ideas? We've still got plenty of garlic and onions in the root cellar, plenty of cans of tomatos; lots of curry and chili powders. Any ideas? If this were your haul, what would you do?


  1. stir fried spinach with crushed garlic and pepper.
    or maybe aloo palak (an Indian dish of potato and spinach) - saute chopped onions and/or garlic, add cubed par boiled potatoes (peeled or unpeeled) and fry a little, add chopped spinach, seasoning, cover and cook till done

  2. Excellent ideas, Sujata ... Combine those stir-fried greens or aloo palak with some spiced lentils, and we'd have a feast. Thank you!